What Is a Blog Worth?

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Or a better question that Jon Galloway asks is “What are many blogs worth?” Specifically he answers this question for every blog in the weblogs.asp.net OPML. Awesome work!

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Never Scare a Brother

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How Not To Please Your Clients

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Toilet A while ago I wrote that a client often often does not know what he wants until he sees it. I was referring to software development, but this is common across many professional services organization, such as plumbing for example.

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Bird Flu Hits the U.S.

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Parents. It is time to have a heart to heart with the kids.

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When to Build a Smart Client Over a Web App

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So when should you choose to build a smart client rather than a web application (or in addition to). The typical answer I’ve seen is when extreme usability is required. As AJAX techniques get more mature, I think this will become less of a consideration.

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Web Applications and Local Document Storage

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Rob Howard asks the question Is “Smart Client” a “Dumb Idea”. Obviously I don’t necessarily think so as I pointed out in my post Overlooked Problem With Web Based Applications.

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Dynamic SQL Is Not Inline SQL

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Perhaps there is a better term I could be using when I referred to “dynamic SQL” in my last post. To my defense, I did mention using Prepared Statements.

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Take Control of Web Service Exceptions

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Craig Andera posts a technique for handling exceptions thrown by a webservice. He takes the approach of adding a try catch block to each method.

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Where the Provider Model Falls Short

Now that ASP.NET 2.0 is released, a lot of developers will start to really dig into the provider model design pattern and specification and its various implementations. The provider model is really a blending of several design patterns, but most closely resembles the abstract factory.

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The Sony Spyware Disincentive to Purchase Legal Music

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It seems Sony has overstepped the line with some DRM it used to protect its music CDs.

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The Bell Ringer

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I just had to post this in its full glory. Great leadup Matt!

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Overlooked Problem With Web Based Applications

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While it may be exciting to see Microsoft jumping aboard the web-based application bandwagon, something that I am experiencing right now reminds me why I think there is still a strong place for rich “smart” clients.

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Writing to the Asp.Net Bin Directory

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I have a question for those of you who host a blog with a hosting provider such as WebHost4Life. Do you make sure to remove write access for the ASPNET user to the bin directory? If so, would you be willing to enable write access for an installation process?

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What Housing Bubble?

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The subject of this post is the title of an interesting article on page 58 of this month’s Wired magazine. The author, Patrick Di Justo, shows that compared to 1950 prices, we are paying more of our annual income for houses, but we get a lot more for our dollar.

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A Minor Redesign for Joel

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Software pundit Joel Spolsky finally added titles to his RSS feeds (among other site improvements) and it’s about time. The title “November 5, 2005” tells me nothing about what he’s saying. Love him or hate him (why choose one or the other. Choose both!), Joel is definitely worth reading.

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The Onion Strikes Back

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In response to the White House asking The Onion to stop using the presidential seal on the website, the onion added a link to this to its front page.

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RE: The cycle

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Every day I look at my current code and go, “Damn, that’s some sweet shit!” But I also look at code I wrote a month ago and say, “What a freakin’ idiot I was to write that!” So in a month, the code I’m writing today will have been written by an idiot.

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Watch Out For the Generics Explosion

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By now, every developer and his mother knows that VS.NET 2005 and SQL Server 2005 has been released. Prepare for the generics explosion as legions of .NET developers retrofit code, happily slapping <T> wherever it fits.

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I Passed My Math Test

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Well, like Mr. Sells and Dave Winer, I am ready for the ninth grade.

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Bush to Nominate Next Person Who Walks Through the Door

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Just found out that Harriet Miers withdrew from the running for a position as a Supreme Court justice via The Onion.

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